All posts by Jen Thorpe

It’s Happening with Snooki & Joey Podcast has Launched

Television personality, entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, and makeup artist and stylist Joey Camasta announced the debut of their new podcast, It’s Happening with Snooki & Joey. The podcast launches in partnership with AudioBoom.

AudioBoom is a global podcasting platform that consolidates the business of on-demand audio, making content accessible, wide-reaching and profitable for podcasters, advertisers, and brands. It’s Happening with Snooki & Joey is a weekly, hour-long show that features celebrity interviews, hilarious and informative takes on the latest news and trends, and an inside look into the hosts’ day-to-day lives.

AudioBoom is rolling out an original content network, featuring an eclectic mix of high-quality and celebrity-driven podcast. The partnership with AudioBoom, and hosts Nicole Polizzi and Joey Camasta signals a new direction for AudioBoom which will co-produce the It’s Happening with Snooki & Joey podcast in addition to handling digital distribution and ad sales for the show.

The podcast will be available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify and wherever podcasts are available. The first episode premiered on Thursday, July 13, 2017. It featured Nicole Polizzi’s “Jersey Shore” co-star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino as their first guest.

Previously, Nicole Polizzi hosted the Naturally Nicole podcast. I found it on acast. Interestingly, the acast information describes Naturally Nicole as “By PodcastOne”. But, when I tried looking for it on PodcastOne, the website says “This content is no longer available, but here are some others that you might like.”

Host of Tax Season Podcast Charged with Murder

Earlier this year, the host of the Tax Season podcast was charged on a federal weapons possession charge that was tied to the May 2016 shooting at Irving Plaza in Manhattan. Recently, The New York Times reported that he has now been charged with Murder.

The host of the Tax Season Podcast used the stage name Taxstone, but his real name is Daryl Campbell. It is not unusual for a podcast host to use a name other than their real name. People who podcast about video games often use the name of their main character. The Tax Season podcast was not about video games, nor was it about taxes. It was a podcast about hip-hop artists.

On July 13, 2017, The New York Times reported that Daryl Campbell had been charged with murder in connection to a shooting that took place during a T.I. Concert at Irving Plaza in Manhattan last year. Daryl Campbell pleaded not guilty before Justice Maxwell Wiley in New York Supreme Court. Kenneth Montgomery, (who is Daryl Campbell’s lawyer) stated that they are going to fight the charges.

According to The New York Times: “Last month, Mr. Campbell pleaded guilty in federal court to receiving a firearm by interstate commerce with the intent to commit a felony and possessing a firearm as a felon. He faces 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on those charges.” There’s a lot more to the story, and I will leave you read The New York Times article if you want more details.

PowerPress Version 7.1 has Launched

PowerPress is the number one podcasting plugin, with over 1 million downloads worldwide. PowerPress version 7.1 has launched. Here is a look at what to expect from this new version.

One thing to be aware of is that PowerPress 7.1 requires WordPress 3.6 or newer. WordPress 4.8+ is recommended.

PowerPress 7.1 now supports the new tags that Apple added in iOS version 11 including:

  • iTunes:type, iTunes:episode, and iTunes:season – These tags were added by Apple to support serialized content.
  • iTunes:episodeType – This tag adds a way to mark special episodes of your podcast.
  • iTunes:Title – This is Apple’s solution for podcasters who add episode numbers and other extra information to their blog post titles.
  • content:encoded & iTunes:summary – This is a value containing the show notes for your episode.

PowerPress version 7.1 also contains other upgrades and improvements:

Subscribe on iTunes has been changed to Subscribe on Apple Podcasts.

Secure HTTPS website using Blubrry Podcast Media Hosting are now automatically supported. Media URLs are now automatically converted to HTTPS. You no longer have to edit past episodes if you switch from HTTP to HTTPS.

The Windows Media Player embed for wmv video and wma audio has been removed. Chrome, Safari, Firefox as well as Microsoft Edge browsers do not support the Windows Media Player embed, so providing support for the Windows Media Player embed is no longer practical. In its place will be a play link which will open the media on the device’s default media player.

Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara is “Coming Soon”

You might recognize the name Preet Bharara because he was in the news fairly recently. He was the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, (which is located in Manhattan). In March of 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked for the resignations of 46 federal prosecutors. Preet Bharara announced that President Trump had fired him on March 11, 2017.

What’s next for Preet Bharara? A podcast called Stay Tuned with Preet. The podcast is described as “a series about justice and fairness.”

It is the newest podcast coming to CAFE, the newest entertainment brand from Some Spider Studios, a fast-growing, profitable media start-up. CAFE is led by Chief Content Officer Blake Zeff, who was the head of digital at The New York Times.

CAFE posted a statement from Preet Bharara on joining Some Spider Studios:

“I have been blessed with many dream jobs in my life. During 17 years in public service, I worked for and with people I not only respected, but also loved like family, which is the rarest kind of professional jackpot. Today I feel lucky and blessed once more because I am partnering with actual family. I am beyond thrilled to join my brother Vinit’s media start-up company Some Spider Studios as an adviser, stakeholder and content producer.

I am excited for a number of reasons beyond the presumed job security that derives from working for your sibling. First, it is an opportunity at this extraordinary moment in history to add my voice to both classic and current-day debates about justice and fairness in the law, government and society. It is a natural extension of everything that has led me to this point.

Second, it is a chance to speak with considerable editorial space and freedom, with the benefit of a platform that permits more than 140 characters at at time. Finally, it is a privilege to work alongside a fearless and visionary entrepreneur like my brother, Vinit, who defied the odds to create an exceptional company like Quidsi with Some Spider investor Marc Lore, our high school classmate. This enterprise will be no different and that is a thrilling thing to be a part of.

I loved every minute in public service, but I’m looking forward to the next chapter — speaking, writing, teaching, learning and advocating for what I care about — through my position at NYU Law School, my upcoming book on justice and also now my new role at Some Spider. Stay tuned.”

Macmillan Audio Seeks a Senior Audio Producer

Macmillan is a global trade book publishing company with prominent imprints around the world. They publish a broad range of award-winning books for children and adults in all categories and formats. Macmillan Audio is seeking a Senior Audio Producer.

Macmillan is based in Stuttgart, Germany. Their ad for a Senior Audio Producer indicates that the position will be in New York City, New York, for Macmillan Audio. Macmillan’s American publishers include: Farrar, Henry Holt & Company, St. Martin’s Press, Tor Books, Macmillan Children’s Group, Macmillan Audio (and more).

Macmillan seeks a Senior Audio Producer to oversee the production of outstanding original audio content for its in-house podcast network. Our shows at Macmillan Podcasts run the gamut – from self-help and sci-fi to literature and true crime. The ideal candidate will have experience creating, producing, and editing podcasts, the ability to collaborate well with others, and a passion for all genres of audio.

They are looking for a self-starter who can work both independently and collaboratively to brainstorm creative storytelling formats, guide and onboard talent, book guests, and manage the recording and post-production processes.

Required Skills include:

  • 3-5 years working at a major network or public radio station
  • Demonstrated success in producing podcasts or radio programs that reach a large audience
  • Expertise in digital audio workstations (DAWs)/editing software, such as ProTools
  • Highly organized and able to meet weekly deadlines
  • Proven critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Superior communication skills, both written and verbal
  • A passion for working with authors or talent.

Those who are interested working with Macmillan Audio should read their ad for full details. The ad includes a list of Major Responsibilities that the person who his hired will need to do.

Stevie Ryan, Co-Host of Mentally Ch(ill) has Died

Stevie Ryan, co-host of the Mentally Ch(ill) podcast, has died at the age of 33. In addition to being a podcaster, she was well known for her YouTube series called “Little Loca”, star of a VHI series called Stevie TV, and co-host of Brody Jenner’s E! series “Sex With Brody”.

People Celebrity reported that the L.A. County Coroner’s Office ruled that the cause of Stevie Ryan’s death was suicide by hanging.

Mentally Ch(ill) was co-hosted by Stevie Ryan and Kristen Carney. It is described as “a podcast about depression.” The first episode was titled “Hello Cruel World”, and was released on April 4, 2017.

The eleventh episode, titled: “Death, Grieving & Lithium” was released on June 28, 2017. People Celebrity reported that in an episode released just two days before Ryan’s death, she revealed that her grandfather had died Thursday. People Celebrity noted that in the episode, Stevie Ryan explained that she was worried this would send her into a deeper depression. Stevie Ryan and Kristin Carney discussed suicide in that episode.

The twelfth episode of Mentally Ch(ill) was released on July 4, 2017. It was titled: “RIP Stevie – Beautiful Butterfly”. The episode was recorded by Kristen Carney.

Podquest Seeks the Next Podcast Superstar

Podquest is looking for the next podcast superstar. They have announced the winner of their previous contest. Podcasters can now enter this year’s contest. According to Podquest: “If you’ve got an idea, a story, or you’re a brilliant story teller – then Podquest is for you.”

The Season 1 Winner of Podquest’s contest is Phoebe Parsons. She is the host of a brand new podcast called Confessions of a Twenty Something Train Wreck. The description of the podcast is “Phoebe has a fancy degree and her dream job. But her personal life? It’s a train wreck. These are her confessions as she turns her mess into her message.” The trailer has been released and is available on the Podquest website.

Those who want to become the next podcast superstar can enter the Podquest contest now. The deadline for entering is August 4, 2017. The contest is open to all Australian residents from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia. Entrants must be at least 16 years of age or older. People who enter, and are under 18 years of age, must have express permission of a parent/guardian.

A panel of internal and external experts will be looking for:

  • Originality – has anyone else done a similar podcast?
  • Narrative – what are you like at telling a story?
  • Hosting – are you any good at this “podcast thang”?
  • Commercial Viability – let’s face it, in the long run, it would be nice to quit your job and become a full time podcaster
  • Audience – who could the possible audience be?

Podquest says that your entry should demonstrate how the story will live as a series, and not be a sample of your best work. Ideally, it would run for up to 20 minutes.

There is one prize to be won. It consists of AU$5,000 to be transferred to the winner’s Australian bank account (or the winner’s parent or legal guardian’s bank account if the winner is under 18 years old.)

The prize also consists of one final produced podcast (Podcast Series) that includes:

  • Up to 25 hours production time – Up to 5 hours per episode up to a maximum of 5 episodes at the winner’s nearest Nova Entertainment studio
  • Up to 5 hours studio time at the winner’s nearest Nova Entertainment Studio
  • Up to 5 hours content direction with industry experts at the winner’s nearest Nova Entertainment Studio
  • Creative design and production of 1 podcast including 2 rounds of changes

Scottish Audio Cooperative Offers Workshops

The Scottish Audio Cooperative is an audio production and training organization based in Ayr, Scotland. They run weekly workshops in audio production, ranging from podcasts to field recording for screen. The cooperative was formed in early 2007.

The summer workshops begin on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Every workshop will be repeated on the following Monday. The Scottish Audio Cooperative offers additional skills workshops on a Sunday afternoon for a more advanced look into your area of interest.

Your first workshop is free to attend (and you can pay if you like it). Every following workshop is charged at their standard membership rate of £4 waged, £2 unwaged.

The upcoming summer Wednesday workshops include a total of 8 workshops, done in 8 weeks. The Sunday workshops also are offered once a week for 8 weeks. Those who want more information can contact the Scottish Audio Cooperative on Facebook or Twitter. Visit their website to find out about future workshops.

The Scottish Audio Cooperative includes independent producers who look for a way to collaborate on work and engage with the local community. They are:

Kathleen Kidd, who has a BA in Broadcast Production. Her podcast, A Night of Horrors, won second place in the 2016 Amateur Podcast Championships.

Robert Ruthven, who has a BA in Broadcast Production. He started audio production with Sticklebacks Radio, an internet radio program he still occasionally produces with his brother Angus.

Sadie Woods, who has a BA in Broadcast Production. She was an assistant producer on series 2 of the award winning podcast A Night of Horrors.

Michelle Dowd, who has worked at BBC Radio Ulster as an Apprentice Content Assistant.

Clair Love, who found the Scottish Audio Cooperative to be a fantastic place to build herself up again after having to leave her job. She has learned how to produce and edit her own content on a range of editing suites, and is learning script writing.

Lauren Fraser, who has a BA(Hons) in Broadcast Production specializing in radio. Since then, she has been working on various audio pieces.

Andrew Jones, who is a freelance Actor & Technician who is looking to branch out into Voice Acting. He has developed skills in broadcasting and post production.

Anchor Offers the Easiest Way to Make a Podcast

Anchor is offering the “easiest way to make a podcast, ever” in its newest release. You can now record and post and publish your podcast on major podcast outlets right through Anchor.

In the newest release, Anchor becomes the only platform where you can publish to major podcast outlets like Apple Podcasts and Google Play Music with a single tap of a button on your phone. Available today for iOS and Android, – it’s 100% free, entirely mobile, and so easy to use that literally anyone can make a podcast now.

In the blog post, Anchor explains their motivation. “One of the most common things we hear from people is that they want their Anchor station to be discoverable as an actual podcast.” This new release makes that possible. To quote Anchor’s blog post: “Unfamiliar with RSS? Cool, let’s keep it that way.”

It seems to me that Anchor is aiming at people who are brand new to podcasting and who do not yet have the technical knowledge to record, edit, post, and submit their episodes themselves. Or, it might be for super busy people who want to make a quick podcast and not have to spend time with the technical aspects of podcasting.

Anchor says that it makes recording and sharing audio as simple as talking on the telephone. It suggests you can use their platform to capture your own voice, take call-ins from listeners, conduct remote interviews with anyone, or broadcast full length songs from Apple Music or Spotify.

When your episode is done, and you are happy with it – you can post your podcast in one tap to your Anchor station. Anchor will take care of submission and distribution to Apple Podcasts and Google Play for you.

To me, it seems that Anchor just made podcasting super easy for new people to try. It lets people focus on creating without having to take the time to learn how the technology aspects work, to learn how to edit, or to figure out what an RSS feed is.

On the other hand… some of this makes me cringe. As a person who has done music podcasting in the past, I worry about the legality of broadcasting full length songs from Apple Music or Spotify. It is unclear to me how someone who podcasts on Anchor would know if a song was released under creative commons, released under public domain, or if it was owned by a record label. Hopefully, Anchor has worked out the details and permissions for that behind the scenes.

I’m also cringing about what the quality of the audio might be like. I’ve listened to podcasts on Blog Talk Radio, and while the content may be interesting, I found the audio lacking. Anchor is designed to be recorded on your phone.

And, as always, there is a risk to having all of your creative content located entirely on a platform that you do not own. There have been situations in the past where podcasters woke up one day to learn that their hosting service shut down and disappeared without warning – along with all the content they posted on it.